Kareem Jackson, CB - Alabama
Pick made by Aerostar193:
Regardless of what the Texans have told the press about their need for a running back prior to the draft, I don't think they're ready to give up on Steve Slaton just yet. Coming off a monster rookie season in which he racked up 1,282 yards on the ground, a 4.8 average and 9 TD's, it's still hard to grasp just how much he declined in his sophomore campaign: Only 437 yards, a 3.3 average, and 3 TD's, not to mention 7 fumbles. Ouch. However, even with all that in mind, I still believe that Slaton, given the chance, has the ability to get back to his rookie production and keep his fumbles under control. If the Texans share that belief, then they'll have the opportunity to bypass taking a running back early and instead continue to upgrade their defense with the selection of cornerback Kareem Jackson in the second round.
In terms of pure pass coverage, Jackson has some of the best ability in the 2010 draft. He has the rare ability to mirror his receivers and follow any routes along the field, while at the same time possessing enough athleticism, speed, and size to keep his coverage on deep throws and knock balls down. Jackson is also a three-year starter at Alabama and has remained completely healthy during that time. The only knocks on him right now are his lack of interceptions in his career with only five, and his sub-par tackling ability. But his pass defense numbers leads me to believe that his interception rate could definitely go up in the NFL, while his tackling ability can probably be masked by the Texans trio of stud linebackers and now stout defensive line with the addition of Dan Williams. The goal for the Texans is as always stopping Peyton Manning, and this pick would definitely put them in a position to finally do it.
How will he impact the 2010 Texans?
Unlike Dan Williams, Jackson should face some stiffer competition in earning a starting job for the 2010 season. Even with Dunta Robinson gone, the Texans still have a few young players like Glover Quin and Brice McCain who played well in 2010, not to mention some already established veterans in Jacques Reeves and Fred Bennett. But none of these players have the amount of talent that Jackson has, as he could develop into a No. 1 corner in the NFL. The Texans coaches have never shown any fear in starting rookies, so I'd place my bet that it will be Kareem Jackson and Glover Quin starting opposite each other on Opening Day.
Jackson's Scouting Report from Mocking the Draft
First Round pick for the Texans: Dan Williams
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What do you think of pick #51?
Correct Pick. Good value at Position of Need (29 votes)
Right Position, Wrong Player (2 votes)
OK Pick, but a bit of a reach for Jackson. (0 votes)
Wrong Pick. Defiinitely should have gone in another direction. (2 votes)
33 total votes